It’s one of those “Hard to believe, Harry” moments in the Phillies organizational history. It’s rare to have anyone in an MLB organization with an OPS over 1.000. But to have four at one time, two of them leading their respective leagues, in On-base Plus Slugging at over 1.000 could be unprecedented.
Over the last two day, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit his fifth and sixth homers of the season and just missed his seventh when he had to settle for a double in the ninth inning of yesterday’s game against Columbus. Watch his homers from his last two games HERE and HERE. His 1.131 OPS leads the International League. Only seven players in the league have an OPS of over 1.000 going into Friday’s action.
One of the surprises of the first month of the season has been the bat of Clearwater’s outfielder Herlis Rodriguez. An outfielder with five tool potential is having an April to remember. He has an OPS of 1.110 to lead the Florida State League. He is one of only three players in the league to have an OPS of over 1.000. H-Rod started the season off for Clearwater not even in the starting lineup but coaching first base.
Not to be outdone, two Reading Fightin Phils have currently an OPS of over 1.000 of the ten players in the Eastern League. Left fielder Andrew Pullins is fourth with a 1.1o4 OPS and second baseman Scott Kingery is ninth with a 1.014 OPS.
At the three top minor league levels where the Phillies have a team, they have four of the 20 players who have an OPS of over 1.000.
As we can read below, Hoskins, Rodriguez, Pullin and Kingery are in very exclusive company to start the season using OPS to tell the story. With only three more days left in April they are each having a month to remember which will be listed forever in MiLB.com stats.
In the month of April they have been be the best bats in the Phillies organization.
On-base Plus Slugging is one of the most often used sabermetric models to evaluate hitters. Below are the reasons the MLB glossary gives for using OPS to evaluate hitters:
“OPS adds on-base percentage and slugging percentage to get one number that unites the two. It’s meant to combine how well a hitter can reach base, with how well he can hit for average and for power. As a result, OPS is widely considered one of the best evaluative tools for hitters.”